South African Tapestry
RUGGED SEASCAPES AND LUSH VINEYARDS. Centuries-old colonial neighborhoods and 10,000-year-old rock art. World-class safariing and Africa's highest road. On this tip to top journey through South Africa
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Cape Town is southern Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most-visited city. Few urban centers anywhere can match its setting along the Cape Peninsula spine, which slides like the mighty tail of the continent into the Atlantic Ocean. By far the most striking - and famous - of its sights is Table Mountain, frequently mantled by clouds, and rearing up from the middle of the city to provide a constantly changing vista to the suburbs below. Table Mountain is the city's solid core which divides the city into distinct zones with public gardens, wilderness, forests, hiking routes, vineyards and desirable residential areas trailing down it's lower slopes.
South Africa's third-largest city, thriving industrial center, and largest port in Africa creates a photogenic place for meandering or eating and drinking dockside. Durban's second-largest population group, Indians, have mosques, bazaars and temples festooned with wildly coloured deities standing juxtaposed to Victorian buildings that mark out the colonial center. The city's main interest lies in reconciling competing Indian, African and English cultures and in keeping rampant vegetation at bay. Admire mosques, explore the Indian area around Grey Street, or pass by Dalton Road Zulu Market. Enjoy the KwaZulu-Natal game parks, the Drakensberg, and the Battlefields.
Bushman's Kloof is an ecological oasis situated between the rugged foothills of the Cederberg and the plains of the Great Karoo. Since 1992, Bushman's Kloof has been managed as a private wilderness area, and a 7500 hectare reserve has been created. It has also been declared a South African Natural Heritage Site. Early morning rock-art tours provide visitors to Bushman's Kloof with an insight into an ancient culture that has been lost forever.
A protected area in South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve opened in 1991 and was named after the Madikwe or Marico River. The Reserve used to be farm land however after extensive research, it was utilized as a national park to economically uplift the area. Currently, it is the fifth largest game reserve, a hidden gem and one of the best conservation areas in Africa.
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